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Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Fired for Video of His Kicking, Berating Players

Rutgers University fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice this morning after ESPN aired video of his shoving and kicking players while berating them with gay slurs.

“Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” Rutgers Athletics tweeted this morning.

Rice, 44, apologized for his behavior today in an interview outside his house in Little Silver, N.J.

“I’ve let so many people down: my players, my administration, Rutgers University, the fans, my family,” Rice told WABC-TV.

“There’s no explanation for what’s on that film. There’s no excuse for it. I was wrong. And I want to tell everybody who’s believed in me that I’m deeply sorry for the pain and hardship that I’ve caused.”

Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti released a statement today, saying, ” I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice. Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

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